Who Are We?

Old Coin
Who Are We

As we travel to and fro in search of knowledge, what would it be like if we could experience and hear all of the world’s conversations at once?

I mean if we could blend them, we would hear a diversity that would inspire a sense of awe – at least for a while.  Think about that for a moment…  That awareness would have quite an effect on our conversations. Even this writing would take on a sense of omniscience.

Also, if we were that omniscient, we would probably not talk about our excuses and blame others for much of anything. For the world at large, such common complaints would blend into a roaring plea for survival. Yet for ourselves, it would be so easy to see through and compare all the opinions and stories that we make up to justify our own impulses.

If we could truly understand that everything we say was part of a larger whole, then wouldn’t we find it easier to give up selfishness and prejudice? Our conversations would probably be about what we want and not just what we complain about. I mean, they would be more inventive – in the ‘now’, so to speak.

 

When asked to define ourselves, we often describe physical things that we do, or even likes and dislikes—“this is what I do and don’t do,” and so on. And that’s fine, but as far as a true identity, it’s not quite enough.

There is something disempowering about describing oneself as a laborer or an executive, or as being from a certain place. I believe that our reality is so much more.

To understand this, I want you to consider the importance of language in manifesting the reality that we have. Does it not affect everything that we experience?

After all, our words do have a tremendous effect on our perceptions. At the very least, that concept, “our words make our reality”, is an enlightened way of viewing the world.

I suspect that an enlightened existence is actually something that occurs when you take responsibility for what you say, and when you choose who you get to be inside of that.

For example; If you are going to participate in spreading the news of what you believe is the opposite of Christ and ultimately the opposite of choice, then you would want to take responsibility for who you are being in order to be effective.

And choosing who you are being is something that most of us don’t even have any idea on how to do. I mean, seriously, who are we?

 

But let’s step back and take a journey for a moment and imagine the earth outside of our immediate being. After reading this paragraph, close your eyes and imagine how the land is laid out beyond you — see it in your mind’s eye —the trees, the people, the cars and buildings and continue moving your vision beyond the curvature of the earth. Continue to imagine drifting out from the earth, outward until the moon comes up behind you and passes by. Continue drifting outward until the other planets and asteroids go by. Continue drifting outward until the stars with other solar systems begin getting smaller and smaller. Continue until the galaxy comes into view. Continue outward until galaxies are passing by and become like little white dots. Continue outward until the known universe is just a ball.

And then imagine yourself turning around and looking at the black emptiness of the unknown beyond our universe.

Without language, the awareness of a larger universe and beyond would not be possible. Sure, there are memories involved in the words learned to describe the universe, but that kind of awareness was created through language.

We didn’t actually travel through the universe. Our words allow us to recognize things on a whole other level (hence the phenomenon of conception). And in a similar manner, language gives us a future that we can choose.

What I’m trying to say is that animals may use tools, but they don’t carry those tools for future use, because they don’t have a concept of the future—because they don’t have the amount of language needed to acquire one. (Certain animals may use shells for shelter, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are thinking of the future. They are simply feeling the security of a shell and not necessarily thinking of the future.)

 

You, on the other hand, can create a future of untold spiritual wealth through revolutionizing your global awareness. We may never achieve the full promise of our humanity, but that is no excuse not to try.

We can understand our relationship with the environment, our community, and the world enough to grow well beyond the animal within. We can discover new realities without it being an effort, but rather a choice.

There are conversations waiting to happen that will not only inspire children to take pride in their ancestry, but also in their own humanity; before some machine does it for them.

 

God’s Replacement

I want to start this post by asking: what is awareness?

I know that seems vague because we all know that awareness isn’t a tangible thing to reach out and grab—but at the same time, it’s not magic. It is something real.

So what about the phrase “I think, therefore I am,” as Rene Descartes said; is that the answer? I’m aware that it’s happening, therefore awareness is something?

Well, instead of defining awareness just yet, let’s try this approach. I want you to think about how long will it take the entire world, with its global Internet, media, and telecommunications system, to be as fast as the human nervous system? How long will it take the collective world to be as interconnected as the synapses of your brain?

Twenty-five, fifty, maybe a hundred years?

Given enough time and with absolute connectivity, would everything that is lucid in the world become part of a massive unified portal—a global intelligence or a global being where each of us would serve as a neuron or nerve ending?

Whoa, is that even possible?

Could it be that the speed at which everything connects is all that it takes for this entire system to become a fully conscious superorganism?

Well, it may not be that simple, considering the complexity of the brain. Many parts of the brain have yet to appear in our global collective, but there are similarities; like the information retrieval or “Google”, part of the brain. Even through telephones, computers, and TV ratings, you can be seen as a neuron responding to stimulus.

Political news can send the political forums into a panic, or an earthquake can activate a plethora of healing entities oozing into the affected area. Add it all up and it’s like a global brain responding to stimuli. Of course, it’s not in real time yet, but it’s growing, connections are getting faster, and I’m sure there are many flavors of technology yet to be developed.

However, that raises an even greater question: does awareness really depend on a particular neural arrangement in order to occur? If it is not dependent on neural arrangement, then is awareness also a phenomenon occurring independent of this animal body?

If it is, then let me ask again: how long do we have before this worldwide system of electronic communications becomes self-aware in its unification—at least enough for this communion to be seen as an entity in and of itself?

Of course that may be hard to see at the time of this writing. So far, this global entity has proven itself to be as flighty as a flock of birds. It is without focus or planning. It has no supreme leadership. It’s incongruent and it’s certainly not fully integrated, so my next question is…where’s it going?

In other words: if this global entity were allowed to develop unhindered for two thousand years, would it become a transhuman superorganism, and what would such a multi-consciousness look like?

That’s a question for which there’s no clear answer, but no matter what the future holds, when all our communications begin to occur superfast or with absolute immediacy, we can, at the very least, look at this global system as a lucid, unified, and computational interaction (or LUCI).

Now this “LUCI” may not be a true awareness per se, but nevertheless it is something worth recognizing. And I say this because eventually people will integrate with this system.

What I mean by “integrate” is that people will one day plug into their particular node of this multiheaded unification and lose all physical contact. It may not be quite like a scene from the movies, but a possible outcome of all this connectivity is that one day people will spend every waking hour interacting in a virtual format.

As a matter of fact, an ever-growing number of people within this global community already have no other contact than a lucid, unified, and computational type of interaction—mainly through video games, mobile phones, and social networking websites. Notice that I use the word interaction instead of integration. That’s because integration is actually a whole other level of phenomenon.

To be “fully integrated” means to completely disappear—to lose autonomy. But you don’t have to be a Star Trek version of the Borg to lose autonomy. When sitting down to watch TV, it takes, on average, three seconds for the brain to go into a passive state. Just three seconds and the TV is thinking for us.

Where’s our autonomy when thinking disappears into a colorful flashing machine? And consider how many generations have now experienced this.

 

The printing press, the telephone, the TV, and now the Internet: these developments have torn down the distance barrier to global communication. And the promise of unity that LUCI generates also gives us hope that our tribal mentality will one day vanish, and with it the prospects of war.

Not only now, but throughout history, the concept of unity has been praised as a potential savior. And we all know that divisiveness won’t save anything, but let’s be honest here: are we not looking at this global technological unification with the expectation that it will one day solve our problems?

Despite those who see technology as a threat, deep within our global psyche resides a faith in technology’s power to save.

We want LUCI to unify global research and cure cancer. We want LUCI to stop global warming, global conflict, nuclear war, dwindling resources—everything. We want this unification to solve our problems and save us from death.

Pop singers croon of “the day when nobody dies.” Magazine articles claim that we are close to saving ourselves. And books like ‘The Singularity Is Near’ claim that we have the know-how to create our own salvation.

We expect technology to be a cure-all, and as a result all eyes are looking to a tangible heaven, a tangible savior—a tangible replacement for God. And it’s for that reason that whenever a problem arises and I hear someone say, “The government needs to do something about it,” I’m reminded of this simple underlying desire we all have, which is to have something else save us—because underneath everything happening, we realize helplessly that we are doomed to die.

Without realizing it, our expectations for this LUCI have led to worship. There are no churches or prayer services per se, but look at how we interact with machinery and how much we depend on technology, versus how much time we spend relating to actual human beings (or to God).

If this colossal effort toward our own salvation produces immortality, then the number of people who feel the need for God will continue to diminish.

How will a godless culture affect our children’s general perception of reality? If we wait for LUCI to cure death, wars, and natural disasters, are we not setting up our children to view LUCI as a savior—especially if these problems are solved by our machinery?

Will that be the end of it, or will they continue wanting more?

Yes, this animal fear of death has us wanting to be saved by something tangible. LUCI will also want a tangible salvation. This global brain will not give up the ghost one day to go meet Jesus. And in the end, where else will a fear-driven development of technology lead if not to be God’s replacement?

WHAT DO WE WANT?

 Safety—that’s what it all boils down to.

What do we want?
Poster Print by Arthur C. Radebaugh

What do we want; food, shelter, and security—it’s all a matter of feeling safe. And the ultimate safety is freedom from death. Underneath it all is this animal body trying to survive, to beat death.

Ask any medical researcher and they’ll tell you, that as researchers, they have a responsibility to help people. Help them live longer? How much longer—until we’re immortal?

With the continuation of technology, there really is no limit. Immortality is what this animal wants. If you don’t believe that, look up “man blending with the machine,” “man and machine become one,” and “live eternally with technology” on the Internet. There are now thousands of virtual churches based on the idea that we can find salvation through technology.

When I was young, I remember telling myself that I didn’t want to grow old—but when old age is upon me, will I really want to die? I mean, how does one know when one is old? I say this because I’ve seen a ninety-five-year-old man with hands stricken so badly with arthritis that they looked like crab claws, yet he looked at me intensely and said, “Even when you’re this old, you still want to live!”

This animal doesn’t want to be afraid. It doesn’t want to die. It wants to roam and play freely without fear. Yet it doesn’t know that fear is what feeds it.

Maybe it’s doomed to chaos in that way—perhaps an endless cycle.

OPTIONS?

What about pure unadulterated awareness—what does our awareness want?

It wants a purpose. It wants to be more than the emptiness of an ethereal concept. And the only way that awareness can become more is to become a part of others. In other words, to become greater than itself.

Perhaps awareness doesn’t even serve a purpose when it’s alone. And if you take the idea of togetherness to an extreme, you begin to realize that collectively we are, as Howard Bloom would say, forming a global brain. And the thing to get about that is that our brains are proof that consciousness is possible. Therefor,  with the formation of a collective brain,  multi-consciousness becomes possible.

Now the question becomes: How do we achieve that?

Through material, or spiritual means? Now, I’m going to delve into something a bit abstract (as if I hadn’t already), so bear with me as I ask this question: “What is real?”

Material can be verified, but a material collective hasn’t happened yet. On the other hand, it is part of a rather predictable future. Yet it isn’t here and therefore it isn’t real—not yet, or not that I can tell. On the other hand, in order to experience a spiritual salvation one must die, so as long as we are living there’s no way to know. We can only choose to believe, or have faith.

As of yet, neither a material nor a spiritual collective is real to any living individual—not in the present. And that leaves us with the question: which one do we want?

THE SEARCH FOR PURPOSE

Being in the zone, and revolutionizing the method that you’re living, is a never-ending process. But whatever revolution you may have had can easily become an ego trip. Once it becomes a rule, it becomes a device for being right and justifying the ego. That’s when it becomes a distraction rather than a truth.

I can see that in the feeling I have whenever I ask someone if we’ll ever achieve immortality and they say no. That frustrated feeling has me thinking, “How is anyone that shortsighted?”

It seems like people can only see fifty years into the future and that’s it. Their vision just stops. That frustrates me to no end, but when I put my emotions aside and ask, “What about two thousand years from now?” They open up then, and I can see their minds beginning to work.

The purpose of revolutionizing your awareness is to possess it and rise above animal limitations. Are you doing that, or are you waiting for a crisis to awaken you? Are you waiting for someone to identify your ego for you? Or are you actively focused on a purpose? Because if you don’t talk about it then you’ll probably never find out if any chosen purpose will affect much less inspire anyone.

In the search for purpose, you will manage to find many distractions—not only in what you do, but in who you’re being.

I may be engaged in what seem like distractions—social gatherings, dating excessively, watching TV, playing video games—but even with all these things, I can suddenly have an epiphany.

It’s not what you’re doing (nothing wrong with that); it’s about who you’re being that leads to discovery.

Being isn’t about doing. Heidegger referred to existing with awareness as a “sense” of being.

Listen to yourself, friends, and everything around you for inspiration. Listen for a purpose to reveal itself, no matter what you’re doing. There is a flexibility that comes from keeping your focus on. That doesn’t have to be an excuse for being actively involved in the world at large. You can still choose to engage others in your purpose, or not.

Just because you’ve discovered something empowering doesn’t mean that you have to be a victim of self-inflicted rules. You can remain flexible. You can remain open to inquiry and alternatives. And you can do this knowing that you don’t really know anything.

However, that’s not an excuse for doing nothing. When you stay home to entertain yourself with some product of technology, or to take care of the household, you deny your desire for a mission—to be a part of something greater than yourself.

You won’t always know what your purpose is for the moment. You won’t always remember what you want, but in time discover it and live it fully. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself empty and resentful.

YOUR PURPOSE

Will this purpose, that you’ve chosen as worthy of your life’s dedication, be one you can actually accomplish? You don’t know until it happens.

So how do you know if you’re doing something that you don’t want?

How can this finite little animal ever know anything? Even if the truth is known for one moment, the next moment it’ll be gone. Tomorrow will find a new truth and the old one will be forgotten. Only that which is truly eternal can ever know anything. Yet somehow I know that that’s not a reason to give up fighting against a global apathy toward faith, dignity, and humanity—a stand in choosing to resist life-extending technology.

My declaration: I choose to take a stand against that which has become a substitute for God.

PRIORITIZE

I try to keep in mind that if my personal relationships were gone, I’d still have a purpose. Without a purpose, I’m distracted and my relationships have the potential to become servile, passive, and temporary. At the very least, they have the potential to become a lack of focus. In other words, without purpose I’ll always be tempted to blame rather than take responsibility.

Being able to relate to a person in the moment can be weakened by a lack of purpose. What do you talk about when meeting someone new?

For me it’s as if I get aggravated at the apparent lack of connection, if I fail to relate. (I’m still thinking about the future.) This is especially true if I don’t spend enough time serving a purpose greater than myself, or if I don’t examine things and grow my awareness.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself… —Mathew 6:34

 

 

The Three Dimensions of Awareness

 

Let’s take a moment to look at awareness – not just as an ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, or sensory patterns – but as a phenomenon.

In order to help view something like awareness as an independent phenomenon, let’s break it down into six sides as if it were three-dimensional – without time, the fourth dimension, or memories. So, what is awareness? And for the sake of understanding, can it be broken down into basic spatial components?

My use of the word spatial is not about, “knowing where I am in relation to other objects”; here the word spatial is in reference to awareness being a 3D object—an independent phenomenon that exists in a three-dimensional reality.

In an attempt to simplify, the diagram below illustrates awareness as it happens now, not in remembrance. Let’s leave out memory, because memory relates to the question of time. You don’t exist in the past, or in the future, only in the moment. In that way, you and your awareness are finite to an extreme, so let’s look at the six sides of awareness.

Awareness

There is a sense of self and a sense of others (other sentient beings)—an internal and an external—not a tangible external, but an opposite sense of self.

The opposite of the tangible would be our ability to conceptualize. In other words, I have five senses to tell me what is physical, and an imagination to tell me what may be possible.

And let’s not forget the ability to feel emotions. I have a sense of impulse reflex responses/emotions, and opposite this are the massive categorizations of human language—in other words, the animal programming (stimulus reflex response and emotional associations that enhance attention) opposite the machine programming (the knowledge and reasoning that I get from a degree of language). Both emotions and language give me a sense of awareness that I wouldn’t otherwise have.

  1. Self
  2. Others
  3. Tangible
  4. Conceptual
  5. Animal
  6. Machine

All six of these phenomena come together and give us a sense of awareness. In other words, awareness isn’t ethereal. It isn’t mystical. What it is however, is something real, something actually happening – a unique and separate phenomenon that stems from energy, to material, to life, and then awareness.

The fundamental nature of our experience of reality is three-dimensional. The experience that you have of awareness is fundamentally three-dimensional as well. Again, that’s based on looking at it without the dimension of time, or memories, but as if it’s finite and can be broken down into six basic categories.

The point I’m attempting to explain is that it’s real—not magic—and as such, it has the potential to be replicated by technology.

As an afterthought, perhaps a soul is not just some mythical blue mist that rises from the body upon death, but a conglomeration of phenomenon that pool together to allow an independent happening. And to follow that line of thought, one might ask; can awareness participate, or exist in other dimensions beyond our everyday experience?

 

What Is Energy, Anyway?

One could say that energy is electromagnetism, or mass times the speed of light squared, but what about electricity, fire, or even the energy that I don’t feel? Is it really as ambiguous as it seems? Is it so tiny that I’ll never truly understand, nor fully comprehend it?

 Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth

In spite of my lack of comprehension, I can make one simple observation. Energy can do something other than burn, and that is evident by the tangibility of this reading material.  Matter: somehow energy can build upon itself, or be built upon, until it becomes the building blocks of atoms. Atoms—something other than energy! How can this be? How can some intangible vibrating vapor become tangible? Maybe there is something else—something before it – something wrapped up and built upon until it became energy.

Do I have the freedom to build upon my awareness until it becomes something else as well? Perhaps I can achieve enlightenment. But what am I supposed to do with this awareness if I can build upon it, or do I really have an option? Maybe the mark of true enlightenment is whether it is shared. Not that I’m enlightened, but will I ever be satisfied until what needs to be shared is understood? I’ll never know for certain. The only thing I can do is put my energy into the effort of being aware of the costs of technology and then share that awareness with the generations to come.

The oceans, the sun, the earth—all of these terms seem so inadequate in describing energy, because of the way it permeates everything in the universe. People can be said to emit an energy in the way we affect others, and the way we leave an impression. Our influence is an energy of our own making. And this influence can be built upon until it becomes something else as well.

Our words are like energy forming into atoms. (I digress for a moment.) Thoughts take shape and grow and build upon themselves until words stream forth like atoms billowing from a bubble machine. Soon others begin to react with more words—perhaps beginning to act. New flavors create new reactions. Then conversations catch on and take a life of their own in a moment of self-replication, beyond the little atoms that began the process; like protein molecules beginning to replicate, plans are made through thoughts that feed off each other. Self-replicating molecules twist around each other, forming the fibers that solidify and capture the resolve of inspiration. The results of initiative move the material needed as tangible results appear, and after considerable metamorphosis, a car is invented. Like a single-celled organism, a tangible, corporeal thing has occurred. Now we are way beyond the atoms of the words that we started with. We now have a unique phenomenon independent of anything before it.

Some time later, manufacturing reaches a point where roads are built through the compulsion of mass production. Highways are the blood vessels that are drawn upon earthy flesh until a global animal begins to form. Through its wealth, a nervous system begins to spread and then permeate every provincial road before it. Slowly this system grows and grows until it becomes an entity of its own, a global multi-cellular organism that is more than the individual cars and the people who drive them. Now we have a massive, breathing, pulsing organism on the verge of a complexity that will take it to a whole other level.

Serpent Biting Its Tail
Serpent Biting Its Tail

Soon it will become aware of itself, and we will have come full circle and returned to looking at something intangible, something ethereal: awareness. Like an ouroboros feeding on its own tail, like all things finite, we are back where we began. And now the question reappears. What is awareness? But now the question has a tail with a query of its own: “is it related to energy?”

A MULTI-CONSCIOUS BEING

A MULTI-CONSCIOUS BEING

Two hundred years ago, the average person didn’t know what a single-celled organism was. Today we not only know what single-celled organisms are, but we also know what multi-celled organisms are. We know that our bodies are made up of many living cells.Multi Consciousness Web Copy

Now take that concept and apply it to the phenomenon of awareness. By looking at our awareness as a single cell of consciousness, we can then ask the question: Is it possible to go from a single cell of consciousness to multi-consciousness?

Well, of course. If more than one consciousness is linked together, then yes. The real question is, how many minds and what kind of arrangement will it take to achieve another level of phenomenon—an entity beyond single consciousness?

Just like life comes in many forms, it probably won’t have to follow the exact anatomy of the brain. Awareness is an independent phenomenon. It is beyond the animal that’s hosting it and therefore it’s something that can be recreated. The fact that mind exists is proof that it can be created.

But then how will we recognize the next level beyond individual consciousness? We won’t – any more than a paramecium knows we exist. When multi-consciousness has a thought, we individual neurons will not know when it occurs. We are thinking and doing stuff all the time. We won’t even know if our activity creates, or doesn’t create, a larger collective thought.

But beyond our animal selves, if a computer system can be made to replicate human awareness, what would ten billion of these trans-humanoids be like if they were arranging themselves to link up as a single, well-designed entity?

Chances are that humans would not be significant enough to be any kind of threat to such a being. But what if there was more than one collective brain? I doubt if a multi-multi-consciousness would even notice us any more than we notice our individual neurons.

Will it make a difference if humans have modified themselves by that time? Yes, given enough time, man and machine will blend and then unify as a collective.

Would such unification consume human individuality? Yes, but by then an individual wouldn’t even notice.

I can imagine that one word exchanged between two multi-conscious beings would be as dense as an encyclopedia, and take just as long for us to decipher. How can our children respond to such beings except with admiration?

Will this technology give them the easy life that parents claim to be working so hard to achieve? It will, but the past has shown us that with any gain there is always something lost. Most likely, that loss will be their interest in spirituality. Or they will define spirituality as the virtual settings they spend their time in?

Will these transhumans have a greater understanding of the foundations of the universe—energy, for example? Once the machinery surpasses our research abilities, gives us immortality, and seemingly has answers to all questions, our interest in science and religion will seem like a waste of time.

Now the question has become – Who will resist the warm mind numbing cocoon of multi-consciousness? Who among us will take the red pill?

 

                Men have become the tools of their tools. —Henry David Thoreau

Different Levels of Phenomenon

Assuming that people will prevail and continue through generations of time, there’ll almost certainly be a time when our descendants realize that their technology can govern better than natural-born people can. The probable outcome of the pursuit of technology is that it will surpass human abilities and eventually non-biological intelligence will surpass all human intelligence. Now before speculating on the ultimate goal of such technological progress, I’d like to ask; how does one explain or describe an underlying modifier, or underlying cause? Instead of trying to figure it out through the tight mathematical language of physics, let’s see if we can simply visualize it.

Let’s start with what we know: matter. We know that matter can be broken down into its smallest particle, the atom. Yet even the atom can be broken down into smaller and smaller particles. At some point, these particles get so small that they look like nothing but energy. Hence, we claim that the universe is made of energy.

Different Levels of Phenomenon

It’s weird if you think about it. Energy can be wrapped up on itself, added upon itself, built up, and built up until it becomes another phenomenon: matter, or atoms! Now that’s rather incredible. Think about that: during massive changes in scale (and in certain arrangements), energy becomes matter.Different Levels of Phenomenon

Let us continue. Matter can be added upon itself, built up, and built up until it becomes another phenomenon — matter becomes life!

Life Different Levels of Phenomenon

I may be oversimplifying a bit. Mountains, planets, and stars are certainly on a massive scale other than atomic, but depending on the way things are wrapped up, another level of unique phenomenon can be achieved. Better yet, life can be wrapped up on itself, added upon itself, built up, and built up until it becomes another phenomenon called awareness!

Awareness Different Levels of Phenomenon

(Again, it’s the type of wrapping up that determines the phenomenon achieved, but it’s rather amazing nonetheless.)

Let’s continue to speculate for a moment, but in the other direction. Is it possible that space can be wrapped up on itself, added upon itself, and built up until it becomes energy? And beyond that, is it possible that time can be wrapped up on itself and added upon and built up until it becomes space? And beyond that, is it possible that nothing can be wrapped up on itself and added upon and built upon until it becomes time?

Now that’s rather interesting—to think that there is a nothingness that permeates everything. And if this were true, then one could agree that this is one weird reality that we live in. It starts with nothing to create time, then time creates space, space creates energy, energy creates atoms, atoms create life, and life creates awareness. Then awareness creates what?Different Levels of Phenomenon

Or, we can look at it from this perspective:

Nothing begets time, time begets space, space begets energy, and energy begets the strong and weak nuclear forces, which in turn beget gravity and electromagnetism. Which then beget the next level, the strong and weak astronomical force—which is something quite speculative, since we can barely sense, with our high-powered telescopes, the dark voids of the universe simply through the effect they have on the rotation of the galaxies.

Different Levels of Phenomenon

Assuming that there is another level, it’s obviously beyond the Newtonian level that we use to sense our reality.

Now the question is: do these different levels of phenomenon go on indefinitely? And is it possible that these primary forces of nature may be something solid? Is it merely our perspective that is creating these divisions between nuclear physics, Newtonian physics, and astrophysics? If that’s so, then our universe may be something that is repeatable.

Are we a side note, or are we necessary for the cycle to complete itself? And what’s next? What is the next level beyond awareness, or even beyond the astrophysics of space?

Future Predictions

I had a supervisor who once told me that it would be “so cool” to go back in time with a machine gun. He was talking about the Civil War and hinted at what it might be like if the War had had a different outcome. My immediate thought was, ‘Why the Civil War?’ Then I thought, “If we had the technology to go back in time, then surely we’d be able to go back with a lot more than just a machine gun.”

If we were at such an advanced stage in technology, that time travel was possible, we’d probably have the technology to do a lot more than just take a machine gun.

We could genetically alter the time traveler’s body so that it would never age. We could make him immortal. Never mind the scientific details of that, but for the sake of discussion, let’s go beyond eternal rejuvenation and alter the body genetically so that it has diamond fibered muscles, titanium-fibered bones, gold-fibered neurons, and looks like a comic-book superhero.

Now imagine what it would be like to have such a well-designed person appearing two thousand years ago. With a brightly colored uniform, a red cape, and a commanding presence, such a person could rule as a god.

But let’s not take him back alone. Let’s take him back with a thousand other people, not immortal necessarily, but genetically altered as well. Yet before going back, let’s lay out plans for a civilization far more advanced than anything we’ve seen so far. After all, preparation is everything.

With twenty-five years of preparation, we could raise children specifically for this mission. Not just any children however, and not just genetically altered children, but children educated with a technology that monitors what parts of the brain are being stimulated. Design their lessons to ensure the absolute development of their neurology. The parts of the brain that are used are the parts that grow, so their schooling would be designed to stimulate all sections of the brain, maximize its potential, and fully develop athletic prowess as well.

As a result, their common sense awareness, and mental capacity would be far greater than anything we possess. During such processing, their training would be specifically to jump-start an advanced civilization.

Now, imagine them going back to North America two thousand years ago.

Out of the twenty thousand mortals raised specifically for this mission, the cream of the crop would be chosen: a thousand people, five hundred men and five hundred women, all carrying not just advanced weaponry and equipment, but genetically altered crops and hybridized livestock – advanced materials, the best training, and detailed instructions on what to do. Not only would they have maps showing where oil and minerals were, such as iron, coal, gold, and industrial-grade diamonds, but also they’d have maps showing specifically where the veins of these minerals were. As a result, there’d be no guesswork in the mining or drilling of these resources.

Upon arrival, everyone would break off into groups specifically targeting the resources needed. Everyone would do what they’d spent their twenty-five to twenty-eight years of training to do. The goal would be correct the mistakes of the past: no global warming, nuclear war, or poverty. The goal would be to dominate the world through an advanced and unified civilization.

Within a short period of time, (relatively speaking) this civilization would be producing, cement, copper, high-quality steel, etc…Every settlement could have its own modified version of the Eiffel Tower, which would also serve as a water tank for their running water. Perched on steel platforms, guardsmen with rifled barrels and truncated bullets would provide security from high above.

Beyond that, imagine how advanced the city planning would be. All roads would be planned with seventy-mile-per-hour traffic in mind. There’d be no sharp turns for teenagers to crash upon. The garbage and sewage disposal would be made with global warming in mind. Recycling would be prominent and nothing would go to waste, and so on. Their civilization would be so advanced that it would be unstoppable.

As time progressed, they’d realize that their leader wasn’t dying and that he was a living, tangible god. His rule would be absolute. He could tell them to recycle and they would. He could tell them almost anything and they would obey.

And if every fifty years he opened a time capsule with detailed instructions and future predictions for the next fifty years, his guidance would go without question. Being able to predict droughts, floods, and earthquakes, then reroute food and water to areas in need, his rule would be supreme.

(At this point one can imagine all sorts of calamities preventing perfection, but let’s continue as if all goes according to plan. The point that I’m making is to describe what would happen, theoretically, if all problems were solved.)

One day, when this novel civilization was ready, they would travel to Europe and arrive before any European had a chance to discover America. They would greet the Europeans with nuclear-powered battleships, aircraft carriers, and Blackhawk helicopters. These genetically altered people would stride into the halls of medieval palaces dressed in pinstriped power suits and stand as if they’d been sculpted by Michelangelo. As they stood before the existing royalty, the entire court would gaze upon them and be amazed and intimidated by what were obviously an advanced people.

The message they delivered to Europe would be simple: “Abide by our rules, or be exterminated.” As part of the New Americans’ highly developed goal, the Europeans would not be allowed to continue on the chaotic path of their medieval ways.

Those who obeyed would be rewarded with advances in design and standards of living. Those who resisted would be met with GPS-guided artillery, then aerial bombardments of napalm.

The survivors would run, spreading the news, “There be dragons a-comin’!”

All remaining civilizations would adhere to strict rules of advance planning and development, such as solar-panel rooftops, windmills, recycling centers, underground rail systems, Planned Parenthood, and mandatory education, not to mention fingernail clippers, toothbrushes, and shampoo.

All would operate without the mistakes of the past. There would be one well-designed phonetic language, one system of standardized measurements, and no regional hoarding—not to mention one religion.

There would be no need for war, nuclear weapons, or resentment of neighbors. After two hundred years the conquest of the planet would be complete, all problems solved, and Earth would be unified through the leadership of a tangible walking God that people could actually see and hear.

Now the big question:

What was it all for?

Think about that for a minute. Why would you do that, and what could you do for an encore? What would a tangible walking God do after conquering the world and solving all its problems? Now what?

Well, you know exactly what to do and you know exactly why.

The purpose of such conquest is to expand technology and the unification of man and machine to an extreme.

(Bear with me again.)

The purpose of such conquest would be to expand into the cosmos until the black hole at the center of the galaxy is surrounded and imploded with ultra-high intensity laser beams. The thermonuclear implosion would be used for a matter-manufacturing event (creatio ex nihilo). And this would be done, because in order to find true immortality one must grow indefinitely. And what better way to grow than to conquer matter itself.

After fifteen billion years, the universe would be succumbing to atomic decay, but there’d be one bright pulsating center of living light—a light kept alive by the efforts of a collection of massive multi-conscious beings (the last descendants of New America).

After billions of years, imagine how vast their technology would be. Complex and supermassive machinery would be layered around the nucleus of the galaxy—not only keeping it alive, but also expanding on matter itself. Through its immense density, the black hole’s weight would be used to compress space and time in such a way that a complex astronomical process would create new matter.

At first it would seem a painstaking process. Building galactic structures from the new matter would take more time than a mortal can imagine.

(Unless you were to view this happening from a larger level and look down at these new galactic structures as if they were subatomic particles; than it would seem really fast. Looking at it from that small a scale, their expansion would seem like a big bang.)

After an eternity of development, the megalithic consciousness that humans become, unified through technology, would reign as the very energy, omniscient in its composition, in its occupation, and in its creation of an actuality that manifests the making of another universe.

In other words, trans-human intelligence would reign as a god in a universe of its own creation.

It would become the very energy of the newly created universe, and everything would be experienced as one.

In other words, without a transcending God, the goal would naturally be to become one.

Now for an even bigger question, ladies and gentlemen: Where do you think we are going with the development of technology?

The common answer is – that we’re going to cure some diseases, invent some things, and generally make life better for our children.

And then what?

  • Do you believe that at some point we’ll simply stop and agree that we’ve achieved enough? Do you believe that at some point we’ll reach a limit to what we can discover—and we’ll never make another discovery ever, ever again?
  • Or maybe everyone will be wiped out by some catastrophe, so it isn’t necessary to think about the end result of taking things to an extreme.
  • Or better yet, we’re not going to live long enough to see the extremes of technology, therefore we don’t have to think about it. We’ll let the next generation deal with it.

Through our machinery, connectivity, and advances in technology, we are trying to become God, or at the very least, create a tangible replacement for such.

What heaven do we ultimately have in mind as we continue on the road of so-called progress? Do we have a plan, or is there even a choice here?

Speculations on the future of our pursuit of technology © 2013

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